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PHOTOS of the month: May

Last updated on: May 30, 2011 15:04 IST

We bring you a presentation of some of the best photos from around the world in the month gone by.

Ding Ning of China eyes the ball as she plays against Zhu Fang of Spain during their second round women's singles match at
the World Table Tennis Championships in Rotterdam May 11

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.

Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B 'Brad' Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth looks at a pint of Guinness poured by Master Brewer Fergal Murray at the Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin May 18. Britain's Queen Elizabeth was on the second day of a four day state visit, the first by a British monarch since Ireland's independence.

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A soldier helps a girl to adjust a helmet during the "The great strength of Mexico" army exhibition at the Fundidora park in Monterrey May 5

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Spanish assistant bullfighter jumps to drive banderillas into a bull during a bullfight in The Maestranza bullring in Seville on May 4

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A man is detained by riot police during demonstrations in north Dublin on May 17. Britain's Queen Elizabeth was on a four day state visit to Ireland during the protest, the first state visit by a British monarch since Ireland's independence

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England's Gary Hunt competes in the final of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 at Vouliagmeni lake southeast of Athens on May 22

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Alejo Muniz of Brazil surfs a wave during a training session for the men's Association of Surfing Professionals Billabong Rio Pro championship at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro May 11.

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Residents on a boat navigate down a flooded farm in the municipality of Cajica near in Bogota on May 21. Downpours due to La Nina have rocked the Andean nation since last year, displacing 3.8 million people and killing almost 450, authorities said

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Supporters (Left) of Bulgaria's nationalist party "Attack" clash with Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers in front of the Banya Bashi Mosque in central Sofia on May 20. Supporters of the party clashed with Muslim worshippers on Friday during a rally organised by the party to protest the use of loudspeakers at the mosque

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A North Korean soldier holds a badminton racket on the banks of Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, May 20

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European milk farmers light flares during a demonstration outside the European Parliament in Brussels May 4, 2011. Milk producers protested against lower selling prices of milk


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A home is seen protected from encroaching floodwaters by a levee near Yazoo City, Mississippi on May 18. Floodwater released from a key Mississippi River spillway surged through the Louisiana bayou, and levees protecting the state's two biggest cities held as river flows neared their peak.

Weeks of heavy rains and runoff from an unusually snowy winter caused the Mississippi River to rise, flooding thousands of homes and 3 million acres (1.2 million hectares) of farmland in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas and evoking comparisons to historic floods in 1927 and 1937.

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Full face transplant patient Dallas Wiens (Right) is seen with his four-year old daughter Scarlette in this undated handout image.

The 25-year-old Texas man has received the first full face transplant done in the United States, Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital said on May 9.

More than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and residents worked for more than 15 hours to replace the nose, lips, facial skin, muscles of facial animation and nerves of Dallas Wiens, disfigured in an electrical accident in 2008

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A 22-year-old woman in a wedding gown is grabbed by Guo Zhongfan, a local community officer, as she attempts to kill herself by jumping out of a seven-storey residential building in Changchun, Jilin province on May 17. According to local media, the woman tried to commit suicide after her boyfriend of four years broke up with her, just as they were making plans to get married. The woman did not sustain any injuries during the incident. Picture taken May 17

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A US Army soldier with the 10th Special Forces Group and his military working dog jump off the ramp of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment during water training over the Gulf of Mexico as part of exercise Emerald Warrior 2011 in this US military handout image from March 1.

The New York Times and other United States media have reported that a military canine accompanied Navy SEAL Team Six commandos into a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in a raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden

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Ten-time ASP World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater of the US surfs during the men's Association of Surfing Professionals Billabong Rio Pro championship on Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro on May 17

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Right) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas leave a joint news conference after talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on May 5

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US space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida in this handout photograph taken and released May 16.

Endeavour carried six astronauts into orbit on its 25th and final flight on Monday, taking the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer particle detector, supplies and spare parts to the International Space Station

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Ivan Stoiljkovic (Right) carries an iron stuck to his chest in front of his home in Heresin near Koprivnica, some 100 km (62 miles) north of the capital Zagreb May 12.

Ivan, 6, has an extraordinary talent: the ability to attract metallic objects -- from spoons to heavy frying pans -- to his body.

He is said to be able to carry up to 25 kg of metal stuck to his torso. Ivan's family also claims that his hands can emit heat and his mysterious ability has also given him healing powers. Medical checkups so far have reaped inconclusive results.